Re: NANFA-- Darters in Mississippi

Dave Neely (
Tue, 26 Jun 2001 11:08:23 -0500

Ray, Scott,

>Is it possible these could be a disjunct isolated population? Just a
>thought. More likely its a Gulf darter or variation of the Rainbow darter.

Very likely it's a gulf darter (E. swaini). They're one of the more abundant
darters in SW Mississippi, and superficially look very similar to watercress
darters, and for that matter sort of like coldwater darters (E. ditrema).
There's also a lot of variation in gulf darters across its range- color
patterns differ a LOT between the Mobile Basin and the gulf coastal
drainages to either side. Try doing a search on etheostoma swaini to round
up some pics.


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